Micro Memory Unveils CoSine-on-Othello MM15x0 and MM-16x0 VME Carriers

1/13/2006 - Combining the industry's most powerful System-on-Chip, CoSineTM, with the application optimized architectures of Othello® VME carriers for the VxS VITA 41 and VPX VITA 46 serial link formats, Micro Memory® introduced the CoSine-on-Othello MM15x0 and MM-16x0 VME carriers for FPGA processing on serial switch fabrics. These ground-breaking products include significant industry firsts including:

The MM-15x0 and MM-16x0 will debut in Booth #26 at the Bus and Boards Show, January 16th and 17th in Long Beach, California.

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The innovative MM-15x0 and MM-16x0 support continuous data streams through independent, non-blocking pathways. Targeting applications such as Synthetic Aperture and Phased Array Radar, Software Defined Radio, Signal Intelligence, and semiconductor and medical imaging, the MM-15x0 and MM-16x0 utilize FPGAs for DSP operations such as FFTs, filters, and image or data compression to provide significant performance benefits over conventional DSPs or general purpose embedded RISC processors.

The MM-1500 and MM-1600D are the first VME boards to include the powerful V-4 SX series of FPGAs from Xilinx, unique in its significant hardware resources for DSP functions. Additionally, they are the first to include the V-4 LX series of FPGAs, which stand apart in their logic resources for applications requiring the maximum possible gate count.

Mezzanine Sites
The MM-15x0 and MM-16x0 carriers both feature two high-speed mezzanine sites, each of which can be configured for a PMC or XMC. Configured for PMC support, each PCI bus can operate in PCI 2.3 mode at up to 66MHz or in PCI-X mode at up to 133MHz, while configured for XMCs, the sites can support the AuroraTM protocol or Serial RapidIO x4. Each site has a dedicated pathway directly to FPGA processing resources that is unobstructed by any bus translation bridges, significantly improving latency and throughput.

CoSine Compute Nodes
The MM-15x0 and MM-16x0 include two independent CoSine Compute Nodes (CCNs). Each CCN is comprised of a CoSine Primary Device (V-II ProTM 2VP70TM) that includes two interface ports (PCI-X, Serial RapidIO, or Aurora), two embedded PowerPCTM processors, a CoSine Companion Device (V-4 SX55 or V-4 LX160), seven independent memory arrays, and two processor programmable Flash arrays. One multi-ported primary DDR array for seamless bus translation between the mezzanine port and backplane port, a dedicated DDR array for each PowerPC processor, and four independent QDR II SRAM arrays local to the SX55 or LX160 for FPGA processing operations make up the seven independent memory arrays in the CCN. Aggregate memory bandwidth exceeds 20GB/s per CCN, providing a total of over 40 GB/s on the MM-15x0 and MM-16x0.

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Each of the embedded PowerPCs in the 2VP70 device is a fully functional computer with its own DDR array, programmable Flash, UART, and shared Ethernet. Processors can host device drivers, perform message passing, service interrupts, or execute floating point operations. Each processor includes a complete BSP with all internal SoC device drivers fully integrated so customers can download application files "out of the box."

Backplane Connectivity
In addition to a VME320 2eSST interface, the MM-15x0 and MM-16x0 are the first VME boards to include complete on-board Serial RapidIO switch fabric connectivity. The VxS VITA 41 MM-1500 and MM-1550 include two independent Serial RapidIO ports on P0 per the VITA VxS 41.2 specification. Alternatively, two Aurora ports can be configured to P0 per the VITA 41.5 and VITA 55 draft standards. The MM-1600 and MM-1650 each include four independent Serial RapidIO ports on to the backplane per the VITA VPX 46.3 specification.

Reconfigurable Processing
The SX55s and LX160s also have additional FPGA platform Flash to store multiple bitstreams. Because the principal System-on-Chip functionality is largely contained in the 2VP70 CoSine Primary Device, the MM-15x0 and MM-16x0 are optimally designed for reconfigurable processing. This approach enables the SX55 or LX160 CoSine Companion Devices, which contain User Programmable Logic, to be reconfigured by the 2VP70 CoSine Primary Devices without the 2VP70s needing to reconfigure themselves.

The rugged, extended temperature air cooled "DR" models have operating temperatures of -40C to +71C and the rugged, conduction cooled "DT" models have operating temperatures of -40C to +85C. Each was designed for optimal heat dissipation and deployment in environments that undergo severe shock and vibration.

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Rapid Development Time
In addition to optimized architectures, performance, and flexibility, the CoSine-on-Othello MM-15x0 and MM-16x0 offer the shortest possible FPGA development times. With their completely preconfigured FPGA infrastructure, users can focus on developing their application specific logic without concerning themselves with coding other modules, complicated SoC integration, or verification.

Initial list pricing for Micro Memory's CoSine-on-Othello MM15x0 and MM-16x0 VME carriers is $34,500 per unit with volume discounts available.

About Micro Memory
Micro Memory is a leading provider of board-level products for streaming signal and image processing, real-time data acquisition, and enterprise network storage. Headquartered in Chatsworth, Calif., the company's innovative products solve challenging problems for industry-leading OEM's and system solution providers. Additional information: contact sales@micromemory.com or (US) 818.998.0070.

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